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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,840
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 211
Gots: 250 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl bottle with a “consume before” date on the back label.

Appearance: Quick to foam though retains a healthy looking lace, deep reddish brown lets little light through.

Smell: Sour fruit; cherries, grapes and lemon. Hints of vanilla and malt husk.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild viscous smoothness, lots of tartness with fruity suggestions of cherries and plum. Mild flare of alcohol with a hollow vanilla flavor. Not much for hops though any kind of hop flavor would not be expected any way.

Drinkablity & Notes: A pretty exceptional brew, I have had better from this brewery in the past though this one still stands up to be a quality brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 03:46:49 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl European-style brown bottle. Foil neck and an illustrated label of their famous oak casks.

Appearance: Hazy dark red, almost deep brown in colour with a nice whisp of a white laced head.

Smell: Acidic, sharp fruity aroma. Hints of caramel notes and oak as the beer warms.

Taste: Crisp, dry and refreshingly tart. Has a very intense sourness and a raw cherry juice fruitiness about it. Body is perfectly balanced, full and gentle. A subtle background malt sweetness provides balance. Hops are masked by the instense flavours. Light malt grain and oak flavours as the beer warms. Finishes semi-tart, clean.

Notes: Grand Cru is probably the most famous of the West Flanders red ales. It's made with Vienna malt and 5 yeast strains. It's then aged in massive unvarnished oak casks for over 2 years. Then, it's blended with other 2 year old ales, no young ale addition. There's no fruit in this beer. All fruit flavours are imparted by its unique house blend of yeast strains.

Dear beergod, thank you. This is indeed one of the most refreshing beers on the planet. An absolute must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2000 15:39:08 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-28-2014 02:39:01 | More by PaintedSaint
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-28-2014 01:29:26 | More by Jones153
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14oz pour on-tap at bier markt mississauga

a: a very gorgeous clear ruby red with about a finger of off-white frothy head

s: really sour vinegar up front, but underneath that is a blend of woody notes and tart fruits, mainly cherries

t: follows the nose. tart to begin with, but leads quickly into fruity notes -- cherries, slight tart apples, berries, even some vinous qualities. the oak flavours add a dimension of complexity, working really well with the fruit tastes. no alcohol whatsoever. dry finish

m: medium-bodied with medium-to-high prickly carbonation, but it's kind of creamy. i love this mouthfeel

o: what an absolute delight of a beer. it's sour, fruity, tasty, and refreshing. i'm glad to have had the opportunity to taste this, and i'll definitely have this again in the future if i ever see it

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2014 01:18:55 | More by kevinlater
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-28-2014 01:17:23 | More by Wobbly
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-27-2014 03:12:00 | More by woodmike
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-26-2014 23:03:54 | More by h21h9
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

07-26-2014 22:36:07 | More by Nancy_G
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-26-2014 09:24:04 | More by Asics
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with red highlights and a lingering, frothy khaki head. Aroma is laden with balsamic vinegar and oak. Tart cherry surfaces late. Flavor is slightly sweet, but the balsamic vinegar acetic notes counter to balance. Cherry notes mingle with oak, and somehow, there's an almost creamy mouthfeel. Not as tart as some, but very characterful. It's sweeter than I recall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2014 02:26:07 | More by barczar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-26-2014 00:30:00 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

07-25-2014 21:42:17 | More by xhuang61
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-25-2014 21:23:27 | More by Austin_M
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-25-2014 19:07:21 | More by ronricorossi
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Russian Federation

2/5  rDev -53.4%

07-25-2014 17:48:58 | More by MypSE
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-25-2014 15:49:49 | More by rojapa
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-25-2014 15:49:47 | More by Tyecko
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-25-2014 00:37:29 | More by Michael512
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-24-2014 22:05:56 | More by sundevil21
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-23-2014 23:47:57 | More by kevindp9
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-23-2014 15:52:20 | More by Chuffbomb
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-23-2014 13:56:57 | More by dleiner
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me a lot longer to get to this than it should have.

A - Blood red, darker than regular Rodenbach, but just as heady. Crystalline.

S - Sharp tart vinegar leads, a twinge of alcohol and oak, and cherries.

T - Wow. Thank jeebus this was created. Sharp tartness makes your tongue stand on end at the beginning, but quickly changes to sweet tastes of cherry juice, oaky vanilla and earth. Slight bitterness and very slight alcohol flavor, but to me, this helps accentuate the other qualities and puts a nice little "bow" on top. Incredible.

M - Very bubbly, light and clean. Super, super refreshing and cleansing.

O - I understand why people call this the best shelf sour you can buy. Would buy cases of this stuff next time I see it. An absolute gem, and a must-drink for any beer connoisseur.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 06:09:53 | More by Trifecta1
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-23-2014 02:45:35 | More by hermit990
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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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